Ice balls are a relatively new discovery of mine, I first encountered them when my brother, who was a bar manager at the time, pulled out a contraption and loaded a giant cube of ice into it. The device slowly melted the cube into a clear sphere of ice which was then dropped into my bourbon.
Craft spirits are an intriguing thing, they’re made in very small batches and this allows the distiller to take risks and be creative. Now, creativity isn’t always a good thing. Look at the music created by Yoko Ono for example.
Hudson 4-Grain Bourbon by Tuthilltown Spirits is a return to the roots of classic distilling, it’s made with equal parts of of corn, rye, wheat and malted barley and then aged in small oak barrels.
I’ve always been a little suspicious of American whiskies, this is perhaps due to the fact that my first encounters with them centred around Jim Beam and Jack Daniels. On retrospect I’m fairly sure that the Americans export both of these largely as a joke on the rest of the world, in much the same way that the Australians export Fosters.